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Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
Surco, Lima 33
Telephone: +(51)(1) 618-2000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(51)(1) 618-2000
Fax: +(51)(1) 618-2724
U.S. Consular Agency - Cusco
Av. El Sol 449, Suite #201
Telephone: +(51)(84) 231-474
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(51) 984-621-369
Fax: +(51)(84) 245-102
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Peru for information on U.S. - Peru relations.
Requirements for Entry:
Requirements for Exit:
Travel with Minors: Regardless of nationality, all children who are traveling with both birth parents are required to have a valid passport and the necessary visa or citizenship of the country where they are traveling. Peruvian immigration procedures are complex for minors traveling without one or both parents/legal guardians.
Resident outside of Peru:
Children with only U.S. citizenship when traveling without one or both parents/legal guardians:
Resident in Peru:
A Permiso Notarial de Viaje is a written, notarized authorization from the non-traveling parent(s). Peruvian immigration will not accept a document notarized by the U.S. Embassy or a document notarized by a U.S. notary in lieu of a Permiso Notarial de Viaje. Please be aware that these authorizations are valid for 30 days and one trip only.
How to get a Permiso Notarial de Viaje:
The Embassy is unable to assist travelers who are prevented from traveling for lack of a Permiso Notarial de Viaje.
Security: Exercise caution when visiting Peru due to crime and terrorism. U.S. Embassy Lima enforces a Restricted Travel Policy for Embassy personnel, which is based on its assessment of conditions and developments throughout the country. See the Overseas Security and Advisory Council’s 2019 Crime and Safety Report for Peru. See the latest Travel Advisory for Peru.
Civil Unrest: Demonstrations and strikes may occur occasionally. Protesters may block roads and sometimes burn tires, throw rocks, and damage property. Avoid demonstrations and prepare back-up transportation plans. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent with little or no warning.
Crime: Crime is a widespread problem in Peru.
Victims of Crime: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, contact the local police and the U.S. Embassy in Lima. Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes. See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy’s duty officer for assistance. Telephone (answered 24 hours): +51-1-618-2000
Tourism: The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
Customs Currency Regulations:
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately.
Special Circumstances: Many popular destinations in Peru are remote. These areas have few facilities that are able to provide advanced or emergency medical care.
Ayahuasca/Hallucinogens: Traditional hallucinogens, often referred to as ayahuasca, are often marketed to tourists as “spiritual cleansing” and typically contain dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a strong hallucinogen that is illegal in the United States and many other countries.
Altitude-Related Illness: Altitude illness affects many people who are in otherwise good health, sometimes severely. Do not underestimate its potential effects. Its onset can be rapid, and may be life-threatening if untreated. Learn about it before you go, and ask your doctor whether any pre-existing condition may be adversely affected at high altitude.
Seismic Activity: Earthquakes are common throughout Peru. On May 26, 2019, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck the Loreto region of Peru. One fatality in the Cajamarca region and 11 injuries as well as isolated power outages and some infrastructure damage was reported.
Legal Issues in Peru:
Faith-Based Travelers: Faith-based travel includes a wide variety of activities – from pilgrimages to service projects, from missionary work to faith-based tours. See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Peru.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance:
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Cruise Ship Passengers: See our travel tips for Cruise Ship Passengers.
Paying for Medical Care:
Prescription medication: Check with the government of Peru to ensure the medication is legal in Peru. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your name on it and a doctor’s prescription.
Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART): If you are considering traveling to Peru to have a child through use of assisted reproductive technology, please see our ART and Surrogacy Abroad page.
Elective Surgery: If you have elective surgery in Peru, make sure to have international travel insurance that covers medical evacuation and repatriation of remains. Your legal options in case of malpractice are very limited in the Peruvian legal system. Visit the CDC’s website for information on the risks of medical tourism.
The following diseases are present in some parts of Peru:
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention including routine childhood immunizations such as measles, mumps and Varicella (chickenpox) as these highly infectious illnesses are not uncommon in Peru.
Further health information:
Road Conditions and Safety: Driving conditions in Peru are very different from those found in the United States and can be considerably more dangerous. Visitors are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with local law and driving customs before attempting to operate vehicles.
Traffic Laws: Traffic laws are often ignored and rarely enforced, creating dangerous conditions for drivers and pedestrians.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Peru’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Peru’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Peru should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at the Maritime Security Communications with Industry Web Portal. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and as a broadcast warning on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s website.